Boudhanath

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Join devotees on their ritual walk around one of the biggest stupas in the world, spinning prayer wheels as you go.

Experience a sense of peace and spirituality at the magnificent Buddhist stupa of Boudhanath, also known as Boudha. Walk with pilgrims that circle the stupa and marvel at its striking architecture. Explore the surrounding streets, where prayer beads hang from shop windows, monks wander between monasteries and rooftop restaurants provide lofty views of the area.

Boudhanath is one of the most important Buddhist shrines outside of Tibet, and is believed to date back to the late sixth century. Every day, pilgrims come here to make a ritual walk around the dome-shaped monument. Before you join them, stand in the brick-paved square to take in the view of the enormous structure.

Each section possesses a symbolic significance, including the 13-tiered tower, which represents Bodhi, the path to enlightenment. On its sides are the painted eyes of Buddha.

Stroll clockwise around the brick wall that encircles the base of the stupa and spin the prayer wheels in its niches. Listen to the infectious kora chanting and the ritual music that resonates from nearby monasteries. Step onto the stupa’s platforms for great views of the surrounding square and out toward the nearby mountains.

Browse the artisan shops set inside colorful houses that line the surrounding alleyways. Shop for traditional Tibetan souvenirs such as prayer beads, textiles, folk medicine and Dalai Lama memorabilia. Visit one of the monasteries to learn about the life of a Tibetan monk. Look at the giant prayer wheel at Tamang Gompa Monastery.

Boudhanath is about 5 miles (8 kilometers) from Kathmandu Durbar Square and can be reached by taxi or bus. For those who wish to stay overnight, there are several accommodation types, including hotels and guesthouse located around the stupa.

There is a small admission fee to enter the stupa area, which you can pay at the entrances to the square. Fascinating at any time of the day, visit in early morning to avoid tour groups, or at sunset when bright lights and candles illuminate the monument.

Top Hotels Close to Boudhanath

Dipankara Holiday Home
Dipankara Holiday Home
3 out of 5
Boudha, Jorpati, Kathmandu
The price is ¥4,014 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Located in Boudhha, this guesthouse is within 2 mi (3 km) of Boudhanath, Guhyeshwari Temple, and Charumati Stupa. Kopan Monastery and Pashupatinath Temple are ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Nice enclosed location near the Boudha Stupa
"This was my third visit here so I think that says it all. Hopefully I will be back there again soon"

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2017

Dipankara Holiday Home
Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
5 out of 5
Taragaon Boudha, Gpo Box 9609, Kathmandu
The price is ¥14,786 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
This family-friendly Kathmandu resort is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Boudhanath and Charumati Stupa. Royal Nepal Golf Course and Guhyeshwari ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (356 reviews)
"Beautiful property - very quiet and staff was very attentive."

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2021

Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
Hotel Tibet International
Hotel Tibet International
4.5 out of 5
Boudha, PO Box: 908, Kathmandu
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥9,668 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Located in Boudhha, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Boudhanath, Guhyeshwari Temple, and Charumati Stupa. Pashupatinath Temple and Royal Nepal Golf ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (106 reviews)
Favorite Hotel in Nepal
"I had the most wonderful 3-day stay at Hotel Tibet International in early January of 2020. The room and bathroom were exceptionally clean, the bed was super comfortable and water for the tub was hot. The staff are lovely and always helpful and the food is delicious! I stayed in 4 hotels across Nepal ..."

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2020

Hotel Tibet International
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Boudhanath

Bodhi Inn & Suite
Bodhi Inn & Suite
3.5 out of 5
Boudha Stupa, Kathmandu, central
The price is ¥2,895 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Bodhi Inn & Suite
Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
5 out of 5
Taragaon Boudha, Gpo Box 9609, Kathmandu
The price is ¥14,786 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
Hotel Tibet International
Hotel Tibet International
4.5 out of 5
Boudha, PO Box: 908, Kathmandu
The price is ¥9,668 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Hotel Tibet International
Dipankara Holiday Home
Dipankara Holiday Home
3 out of 5
Boudha, Jorpati, Kathmandu
The price is ¥4,014 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Dipankara Holiday Home
Hotel Shanker
Hotel Shanker
4 out of 5
Lazimpat, Kathmandu
The price is ¥4,026 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Hotel Shanker
Hotel Mandala
Hotel Mandala
3 out of 5
Boudhha, Kathmandu, Province No. 3
The price is ¥8,053 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Hotel Mandala
Hotel Mandala
Hotel Mandala
Boudha Rd, Kathmandu, Central Development Region
Hotel Mandala
Boudha Stupa View Guest House
Boudha Stupa View Guest House
3 out of 5
Boudha Stupa Circle, Kathmandu, Kathmandu
Boudha Stupa View Guest House
Travelers Hostel
Travelers Hostel
Boudhanath Sadak, Kathmandu, Central Development Region
Travelers Hostel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.